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Peace and Conflict Studies

Peace and Conflict Studies: Concentration

Peace and Conflict Studies combines an in-depth study on the causes of war and social conflict, and ways of preventing and ending them. You will address crucial challenges of the contemporary world and develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective citizenship in the post-Cold War world.

With a commitment to peace, you will examine issues of national and international security and the common causes of conflict such as economic disparities and religious, ethnic, racial or gender discrimination. You will develop an understanding and awareness of the responsibility of citizenship in an age of nuclear weapons; regional, ethnic and religious conflicts; environmental deterioration; and global economic interdependence. This responsibility to construct alternatives to war and violence and to foster a just and peaceful world is integral to personal development, education and civic life. The Peace and Conflict Studies concentration will enhance your capacity for global citizenship, whatever your major and whatever career you may choose.

Program Highlights

The Peace and Conflict Studies program offers the environment and opportunity to:
  • Imagine a more just world
  • Examine political, economic, ethnic, religious and cross-cultural conflicts
  • Study alternative modes of conflict resolution and peace-building
  • Investigate non-violent approaches to problem solving
  • Apply religious and moral values to issues of justice and peace
Professor and a student
Study the causes of war and conflict and ways it can be prevented or peacefully resolved.
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Hear a diverse range of perspectives, from academic experts to affected populations like asylees.
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As an interdisciplinary program, you can take courses from many different departments.

Peace and Conflict Studies News

Blog: Baker ’22 Excited for Extracurricular Opportunities on The Hill

Oct 23, 2018

NAME  Mitchell Baker ’22 HOMETOWN Upton, Mass. STUDIES HE’S CONSIDERING Political science and philosophy double major, Middle Eastern Studies or Peace and Conflict Studies concentration WHY HE CHOSE HOLY CROSS “I chose Holy Cross because I immediately felt a connection to the school the …

Lorelle Semley stands in front of the O'Kane doors

Holy Cross History Professor Wins Prestigious National Book Award

Aug 9, 2018

Lorelle Semley, associate professor of history, has been named a co-winner of the World History Association’s prestigious Bentley Book Prize for her recent book, “To be Free and French: Citizenship in France’s Atlantic Empire” (Cambridge University Press, 2017). The prize …